The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 16, 2003

Alcohol Sting Nets 33 Arrests; They Sold Booze to 19-Year-Old
Byline: Paul Pinkham, Times-Union staff writer Store clerk Stephen Singleton grinned good-naturedly as he scanned the driver's license of a young man buying a six-pack of Miller Lite at the Oceanway Lil' Champ. "Well," Singleton exclaimed, "you...
A Sure Eye for the Abstract; Collection Reflects 30 Years of Quality Expressionist Prints
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Times-Union staff writer He may not be an artist, but Charles Dean puts on an extraordinary one-man show. Dean is an art lover, a collector of American abstract prints. The 81 prints in his collection -- reproductions...
Bad Memories Motivate UF
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer Two years should be enough to soften painful memories, but not for Matt Behrmann. He still carries the disappointment and embarrassment from 2001, just the Florida men's tennis team's fourth...
Brady Seeks Resolution; Tight End to Join Workout Program; Hopes for New Deal
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer Jaguars tight end Kyle Brady, who skipped the team's recent minicamp and passing camp because of a contract dispute, said he will honor a request from the front office to return to the offseason workout...
Camden Life to Be Show of Its Own; Theater Company Seeks Personal Stories to Perform
Byline: Patricia Neleski, Times-Union correspondent ********************CORRECTION May 17, 2003 Swamp Gravy is a folk-life play put on in Colquitt, Ga. Because of a correspondent's error, the location was incorrect in a story on Page A-1 yesterday....
Campbell Hopes for Hometown Bout
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Nate Campbell had a tough upbringing in some of the city's worst neighborhoods. But Campbell, a junior lightweight national champion, has a soft spot for his hometown, and he wants to bring...
Campbell Puts NBC Back in Ring
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer After an 11-year hiatus from professional boxing, NBC has jumped back into the sport as part of The Budweiser Boxing Series that began on May 3 and wraps up May 24. NBC's fight tomorrow is a 10-round...
Council to Vote Today for Officers; Open Meeting Question Raised
Byline: Matt Galnor, Times-Union staff writer *******************CORRECTION May 17, 2003 Of the nine Jacksonville City Council members who attended a meeting in council President Jerry Holland's office Monday, Councilwoman Gwen Yates was the...
Dolphins Need Wins, Help for Tourney Bid
Byline: Alex Abrams, Times-Union sports writer Jacksonville University coach Terry Alexander can't recall the last time he went into the final weekend of the season with so much uncertainty regarding his team's future. JU (26-26, 15-15 A-Sun)...
Film Fest . . . Take One . . . Action! Aficionados Get Opening Treat with Silent Picture
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union staff writer The inaugural Jacksonville Film Festival started a bit slowly last night, but then perked up quickly just after the big fistfight -- right as the one-legged man hopped on a bicycle, pedaled furiously...
Fire Trucks and Parlor Games Mark the Big Race
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist Hey, Mr. and Mrs. Serious Face, the just completed mayoral race produced moments of levity as well. For instance, there were more than a few chuckles over one of the major campaign themes almost...
First Coast FCAT Scores Improve; Almost All Duval Averages Are Up
Byline: Cynthia L. Garza, Times-Union staff writer Most Northeast Florida school systems stayed the same or saw slight increases in their average scores on this year's Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, while some of the reading scores at the...
GE Capital May Unload Regency Stake; Share Worth Nearly $1.2 Billion
Byline: Gregory Richards, Times-Union business writer General Electric Capital Corp. has registered to sell its majority stake, worth nearly $1.2 billion, in Jacksonville-based Regency Centers Corp. As part of the action, GE Capital requested...
Georgia Reeling after 'Ring-Gate'; School Arranges to Repurchase Rings
ATHENS -- It took 20 years for Georgia's football team to win the Southeastern Conference championship. It took only a few months for nine players to begin selling off the most visible symbol of that accomplishment -- their gold rings. All nine,...
Glynn to Be Part of DUI Crackdown; Program Includes Sobriety Checkpoints
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- A high percentage of traffic fatalities has prompted Glynn County police to target motorists who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Glynn is among 40 counties statewide...
Gun Suspected in Cop's Death Found; Pistol Recovered from Marsh Mud
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Encased in mud, a pistol that investigators think killed Brunswick police Officer Melvin Collins was recovered yesterday from a salt marsh by detectives and Navy explosives experts....
Hard-Knock Life; Campbell Calls on Past in Ring
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Throw Punches in Bunches. Jacksonville native Nate Campbell gazed at the words, typed in big, bold, black letters on little white sheets on the walls of the Police Athletic League's boxing...
It's Camelot in the Golden Isles; Brunswick School Stages Renaissance Festival
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Knights clashed on the field of honor, lords escorted their ladies, minstrels strolled and peasants hawked their wares yesterday as the Glynn Academy campus was transformed into Camelot....
Jacksonville Pitches for ACC Title Game; amid Expansion Talk, City Would Reap Benefits
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer With the Atlantic Coast Conference prepared to expand to 12 teams and hold its first conference championship football game in 2005, Jacksonville is poised to become the league's home away from Tobacco...
Jags May Look for WR
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer The Jaguars wrapped up their first of four passing camps yesterday and started to turn their attention to the June 1 free-agent market. James Harris, the vice president of player personnel, said...
Jaguars Notebook
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer BRYANT WARNS OF HOLDOUT NEXT YEAR Cornerback Fernando Bryant said yesterday he's given the Jaguars a message. If they put the franchise tag on him next year, he won't arrive until the first...
JEA Not Blowing Hot Air about Wind Power Potential
Byline: Earl Daniels, Times-Union business writer JEA is trying to harness the wind. The Jacksonville utility company's attempt to convert wind into electricity is not as far-fetched as it may sound. JEA is exploring the use of windmills for...
Kennedy Captain Honored by League; Green Revamped Deficient Carrier
Byline: Rachel Davis, Times-Union staff writer Navy Capt. Johnny "Turk" Green, who served as interim commanding officer of the USS John F. Kennedy last year, has been recognized with one of the Navy League's top awards for inspirational leadership...
Kenny Girls Zero in on 4 Titles
Byline: Emily Mosier, Times-Union sports writer The Bishop Kenny girls track team hopes to bring home four titles from today's Class 3A state meet at Percy Beard Stadium in Gainesville. The Bishop Kenny girls are led by distance runner Courtney...
Lagasse Jr. Makes Big Impression in ASA
Byline: Robby Monk, Times-Union correspondent Scott Lagasse Jr. had no intention of competing in the ASA Series this year; one meeting changed that. Lagasse Jr. and his father, Scott Lagasse, met with John Bickford for breakfast in Indianapolis...
Lee's Denmark Shines at Jamboree
Byline: Jason Schneider, Times-Union sports writer Lee's Clarence Denmark got some early buzz going at the Gateway Conference spring football jamboree, played last night at Mandarin. Over two quarters Denmark scored two touchdowns -- one on an...
Morning Briefing
LANDSTAR PLANS STOCK BUYBACK Jacksonville's Landstar System Inc. said yesterday that its board of directors authorized the company to buy up to an additional 1 million shares of company common stock. The new share purchase authorization, together...
Peyton Picks JEA Chief to Lead Transition; Bussells Will Review City Hall Operations
Byline: Mary Kelli Palka, Times-Union staff writer Mayor-elect John Peyton, who promised during his campaign to run government more like a business, is looking to a man to lead his transition into City Hall who has been successful at the same task....
Peyton Wants to Revise Use of Economic Incentives
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Mayor-elect John Peyton, who takes office July 1, hasn't had time to detail his economic development plans, but he has shared some broad directions during his campaign and in a recent...
Police Honor Their Fallen; Brunswick Adds Fifth Officer's Name to Memorial
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- City police officers gathered at a granite monument beside the police station yesterday to honor five city officers who died in the line of duty, including Melvin Collins, who was killed...
POLITICS; on the Run
Democratic politicians have made obstructionism an art form -- not just on the national level, where they are engaging in an unprecedented filibuster against two judicial nominees, but also in the president's home state. In the aftermath of the...
She Fears Warnings Fall on Deaf Ears; Woman Killed Child While Driving Drunk
Byline: Paul Pinkham, Times-Union staff writer Lindsey Higbee, 20, spends her days behind razor wire instead of a college desk. At night, she bunks with convicted felons in a concrete cellblock instead of with fellow freshman in a preppy dorm...
Sheriff in Trouble Is Just Tradition; Baker County Has a History of That
Byline: Elliott Minor, Times-Union staff writer ALBANY -- Baker County Sheriff Isaac Anderson is only the latest in a string of colorful and controversial souls who have held the rural county's top law enforcement post over the past 50 years. ...
Slaying Suspect Returned to City
Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer A man charged with the slaying of his 4-month-old son in a domestic violence case was returned to Jacksonville yesterday after his capture in Vero Beach last week. Anthony Oyibo, 20, was charged with...
St. Johns Considers 4 Areas for School; Portion of Guana among Options
Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- A committee searching for a place to build a new high school in the northeast St. Johns County has narrowed the options to four, including a portion of the Guana River Wildlife...
TERRORISM; A Spying Shame
If U.S. Sen. Bob Graham of Florida truly is looking for someone to blame for intelligence failures, and not just politicking, he is looking in the wrong place. Graham called on the Bush administration to refocus military and intelligence resources...
UF Baseball May Miss SEC Tournament
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union staff writer GAINESVILLE -- Johnathan Tucker didn't want to call Florida's situation desperate, but that's exactly what it is. Only the top eight teams in the 12-team Southeastern Conference qualify for next...
USGA Limits Clubhead Size
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer The United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club have proposed limitations on the size of driver clubheads and the length of shafts, to begin Jan. 1, 2004. The proposal, released...
Wayne Mashburn, Radio Pioneer, Dies; Worked for Jones College Station
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer Wayne Mashburn, a broadcaster credited with making radio station WKTZ the No. 1 "beautiful music" station in Jacksonville, died May 8 at Memorial Hospital. He was 71 and had been hospitalized for...
WHA2 Expands in Alabama
Byline: Jeff Walker, Times-Union sports writer The World Hockey Association 2 is moving forward -- and west -- as it prepares for its inaugural season. After completing its settlement on Monday with the Atlantic Coast Hockey League, the WHA2...
Wider Manatee Zones Draw Opposition; Proposal Would Affect 40 Miles
Byline: Nin-Hai Tseng, Times-Union staff writer A majority of the speakers at a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hearing last night opposed a federal proposal to roughly double the width of existing manatee protection zones along the St. Johns River....
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